Q - What are the membership fees to join?
The membership fees are here.
Q - Why are you more expensive than other local clubs?
We’re not! We’re largely the same price at other local hockey clubs that offer the same/a similar package to us. The sessions work out at approximately £5 - 7 per session/match depending on the length of the training and the frequency of the matches. Please note that we do have to cover our costs for insurance, pitches, coaches, equipment etc. Plus, our season runs from September to May, so you are getting more hockey for your money too!
Q - Do you offer financial bursaries?
Yes, please email our treasurer and they will discuss this further with you in full confidence.
Q - Can I join mid-way through the season?
You can. Although please note that due to pitch limitations and coach ratios some of our groups may be full. As we expand we will be able to offer more hockey to more people. It’s probably best to contact us for advice.
Q - I’m worried that my child won’t be good enough. Will they get in?
HC Knole Park is an open club for all abilities. Everyone is welcome! Whether you’ve played for years or are new to hockey, you are welcome to come and give us a go! Every session will have two coaches in. Which means that in all your training sessions you will have the opportunity to play with players that are a similar ability, as well as playing with those that are better.
Q - I’d like to come along for a trial/taster - is that possible? What kit will I need?
Yes - sure! Please sign up on the ‘Join Us’ button on the website and you’ll then receive all the information you need about trainings etc. and you will also be covered by our insurance and policies. All new players are welcome to attend two taster training sessions before joining. You’ll just need shin pads and a gum shield. Sticks can be provided. Astro trainers are recommended as they hold up on the surface better.
Q – Are you linked in and set-up with the England Hockey Pathway?
Yes – you will all be nominated for the appropriate level on the England Hockey Pathway as you become old enough. The youngest possible time is when they are going into Year 7.
Q - Is the indoor open to all members?
Yes! We want to give as many of our members opportunities to play indoor hockey as possible. If you haven’t played before it’s essentially a super charged, super skilful smaller version of the game. Your son or daughter will have the opportunity to play indoors throughout the year. Which is especially enjoyable when it’s raining cats and dogs outside! There is an additional fee for these sessions however, but if you’d like more information please contact us.
Q - Do you work with any of the local schools?
Yes - we have very successful relationships with a number of the local primary and secondary schools. In fact, one of the schools that a number of our members attend were the National Champions last season! And another school, won silver in the U11 South Championships. The link between the school and club is hugely important for your child’s development. The opportunity to be coached by the same coach in both is one to grab with both hands as it really accelerates their development. If we don’t have a coach in your child’s school, please let us know and we will try and contact your school so that we can offer hockey to more children.
Q - Where do I order the kit from?
The kit can be order through Bat and Ball Sports through their online shop. The club don’t carry any items of kit, except for your training T-Shirt which you will receive on payment of your membership.
Q - If I pay for the membership and play for another club can I carry on being coached by Duncan?
Unfortunately not. The sessions are closed sessions only available to members of HC Knole Park. The England Hockey rules do allow for two guest players, however these players will be locked into playing for the club where they play their adult hockey. Therefore, that club would either need to have not entered or would need to release you/them.
Q - If I pay for the membership and play for another club can I do the indoor with The Hockey Academy?
Unfortunately not. The sessions are closed sessions only available to members of HC Knole Park.
Q - What about The Hockey Academy holiday camps? Can I sign up for those?
Unfortunately not. The sessions are also closed sessions only available to members of HC Knole Park at the moment.
Q - What if Duncan is ill?
All the sessions will have another coach in, so if either coach is absent the sessions will still run with one coach for that session, but will endeavour to have the same quality and content. On a more personal level, Duncan has had two days off for illness in five years, so we hope that he’ll be fine!
Q - Will you have enough players for a team? A’s or B’s
Yes! We have enough members to field U10, U12 and U14 teams in both the boys and girls’ sections. We also now have enough to field both of our adult teams (men’s and women) in their leagues. The membership will stay open until we run out of capacity with our facilities and/or coach ratios.
Q - Will you be able to enter the highest level competitions?
Yes! We will enter the best competitions for our members. In junior hockey there are very few restrictions on league and cup entries, so we will enter the competitions that best suit our young player’s hockey.
Q - I’d like to play in the U18 Cup and/or U18 Indoor Championship - Is this possible?
Yes! We will enter the U18 Outdoor and Indoor Championships as soon as we have the members who are keen and available to do so. U18 hockey is a key area of our club as we believe in junior development and performance up until they leave school.
Q - My child cannot play adult hockey because of school lessons and/or fixtures - will this be a problem?
That’s not a problem at all. Whilst they are at school, their main focus should be on their school work! From a hockey point of view, HC Knole Park is set up to help all its members to be the best they can be through high quality training and age appropriate match play. This is where the improvements happen. If/when you can play adult matches; these should be seen as additional opportunities to play some enjoyable hockey and to receive some additional match day feedback from your coaching team.
Q - How important is adult hockey to my child’s development?
You can start playing adult hockey from age 13. Adult hockey becomes more important when they move into sixth-form and/or when they are physically and mentally stronger players. At HC Knole Park we will be running full junior hockey programme for children aged 13+ based largely on the research we have done in to child player development. In Belgium and the Netherlands, where junior hockey is much stronger across the board than England, young players don’t play any adult hockey until they are 17+. By replicating this model, your child will improve a lot more, enjoy more age appropriate hockey and coaching and nobody will miss out on playing opportunities. Your main source for improvements will be your coach, your age group trainings and your team mates!
Q - I’d like to play adult hockey - what are the details?
The Men’s team will play in the London League and you will have the opportunity to play alongside Duncan and a few other adults. The Ladies team will play in the Kent League and you will have the opportunity to play alongside Ruth and a few other adults. Duncan will coach both teams.
Q - I am an adult, can I play?
Of course! The adult’s teams are open to all members and you will all be invited to be involved. There will also be an evening training should you wish to play during the week too!
Q - I can’t play adults every week, especially in my GCSE/A-Level year - will I be dropped?
No, we will operate a very transparent system for selection for all teams. Availability will be gathered at the start of the season and we will select according to this, however if you have a lot of other school work, sport going on, we will individualise your programme for you. All players will receive regular feedback within the trainings. Additional feedback will also be available from the coaches at regular intervals too.
Q - Won’t it take ages for the adult team to reach the higher level leagues?
Quite possibly, however HC Knole Park is all about playing hockey for enjoyment, as much as it is about anything else. We want to offer a high quality coaching and training service to the hockey playing community of Sevenoaks and the surrounding area. There are competitions - indoor and out - that we can enter should we wish to offer some higher level adult hockey. However, just as a reminder, it is the high quality junior training sessions, especially when you add in the indoor hockey, that are the key to your child achieving their potential, not the adult hockey. The adult hockey is important when they’re an adult!
Q - I used to do The Hockey Academy Tuesday morning sessions - I see you now have adult evening training. Can I sign up for those?
Of course you can! You will need to sign up as an 'Adult Guest' on the online membership system, rather than a member of HC Knole Park. You therefore won't be a member at HC Knole Park. If you would like to have access to the adult fixtures please join the club as an 'Adult Full Member'. Either way, please follow the instructions through from the ’Join Us’ button. It will be £250 for the season, from September - March.
Q - Do you have enough players to enter the mixed or vets’ competitions?
At the moment (June 2019) we don’t, however as the deadline for these competitions is in September we might do and will enter if possible.
Q - I’d like to get involved. On the committee or to do some coaching - is this possible?
Yes, we’re always looking to recruit enthusiastic hockey players. Please get in touch with Duncan.
Q - I’m 15, I’d like to do some coaching. Can I help out with the trainings?
Yes definitely. We’d like to get as many older players involved in coaching the junior players. Please ask your parent to email us and we can arrange the best session to get you involved in. There will also be an England Hockey Young Leaders Award being run in the Summer 2020 which you could attend too to be a qualified Young Leader!